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Uganda Security investigates rival Catholic Church

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jan 4, 2010.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    The reputation of the national head of a recently formed rival Catholic Church has been nit by fresh controversy surrounding his August 8, 2009 arrest in Jinja District. Fr. Leonard Lubega was later incarcerated at Kirinya Prisons for allegedly operating an illegal study centre that he claimed to be affiliated to Kampala University.

    Jinja District Resident District Commissioner Apollo Bwebale confirmed to Daily Monitor that security and intelligence officers had been tasked to investigate Fr. Lubega and the activities of his Catholic Apostolic National Church following an application by the group to register and operate in the area as a non-governmental organisation. “He came to see me last week with other people. They were recently registered as a [community-based project] by the district so they want approval from us before they can be registered as a non-governmental organisation,” he explained.


    The Catholic Apostolic National Church, better known as the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church, was reportedly established in 1945 by Brazilian Bishop Dom Carlos Duarte Costa, who fell out with the Roman Catholic Church when he was serving as bishop. Fr. Lubega was reportedly appointed bishop by the African Archbishop of the Brazilian Church, Mbewa Anzanga, shortly before he went public about his plans to launch the Church in Uganda.


    Church rules
    Unlike the Roman Catholic Church under the Pope that keeps its clergymen in celibacy, the Catholic Apostolic Church allows its priests to marry and does not allow women to become priests.

    While reports that a man with a criminal file record was heading a new organisation in the area compelled Jinja authorities to investigate the new Church, Mr Bwebale said they would give it a fair hearing and – if investigators found the Church to be without any major blemish – recommend it for registration.


    The Jinja investigation will, however, further cloud the controversial Church, whose top leaders were last week denounced by retired Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala as never having served as priests in the mainstream institution – like they are said to have earlier claimed.

    The Officer in Charge of Investigations Mr Fred Eriku, told Daily Monitor at the time of Fr. Lubega’s arrest that they had received several reports of alleged fraud from students and Vice Chancellor of Kampala University, Prof. Badru Kateregga. Fr Lubega was charged with obtaining money by false pretence. More than 40 students reported they had been each conned of at least Shs500,000
     
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    PakaJimmy JF-Expert Member

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    The church service is taken by some greed fellows as a means to enrich themselves...i have been against this kind of church since the coming of its news here!

    The problem with these modern churches is that they are formed overnight, and hence lack clergymen to rationally govern them, and the results are as we read here!


    Kama nia yao ilikuwa ni kulidhalilisha/kulikosoa kanisa katoliki, the shame is now on their way!
     
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